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Applied Practice Experiences 2

Course Code: HCSW 1108
Faculty: Health Sciences
Credits: 6.8
Semester: 7
Learning Format: Lecture, Lab, Clinical
Typically Offered: TBD. Contact Department Chair for more info.
course overview

This practical course builds on the learning experiences in HCSW 1105: Applied Practice Experiences 1. Students have further opportunities to integrate theory from other courses, and to consolidate care-giving skills in the laboratory and clinical settings. In the laboratory, increase emphasis will be placed on home and community settings. For this second clinical experience, students will continue to practice and learn in multi-level or complex care facilities, providing an opportunity for students to gain expertise and confidence with the role of the HCA.

Course Content

NOTE: All skills are taught in such a way that facility, community, and acute care contexts are recognized.

Consolidation of laboratory skills from HCSW 1105

Heat and cold applications

Assisting with Medications for clients able to direct own care

Promoting comfort and rest

  • Admitting a person to a facility

Measuring vital signs

  • Measuring height and weight
  • Measuring body temperature, pulse, and respirations
  • Reporting and recording vital signs

Assisting with oxygen needs

Home management

  • Maintaining safety and medical asepsis in the home setting
  • Community resources and supports

Methods of Instruction


Group discussion/group activities

Audio-visual materials

Case studies/simulation

Clinical experiences

Means of Assessment

Course evaluation is consistent with Douglas College course evaluation policy.  An evaluation schedule is presented at the beginning of the course.

This is a MASTERY course.  Students will receive a detailed outline of performance expectations at the beginning of the course.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Safely and competently perform all course skills in the laboratory setting.
  2. Provide care and assistance for residents experiencing complex health challenges.
  3. Provide person-centered care and assistance that recognizes and respects the uniqueness of each individual resident.
  4. Perform personal care skills in an organized manner ensuring the comfort and appropriate independence of the client/resident.
  5. Use an informed problem-solving approach to provide care and assistance that promotes the physical, psychological, social, cognitive and spiritual well-being of residents and families.
  6. Successfully apply problem-solving and critical thinking skills to increasingly complex situations.
  7. Provide personal care and assistance competently in ways that maintain safety for self and others.
  8. Perform the care-giver role in a reflective, responsible, accountable and professional manner within the parameters of the HCA role.
  9. Communicate clearly, accurately and in sensitive ways with residents and families.
  10. Interact with other members of the healthcare team in ways which contribute to effective working relationships and the achievement of goals.
  11. Recognize and respond to own self-development, learning and health enhancement needs.

course prerequisites

HCSW 1101 + HCSW 1102 + HCSW 1103 + HCSW 1104 + HCSW 1105


HCSW 1106 + HCSW 1107

curriculum guidelines

Course Guidelines for previous years are viewable by selecting the version desired. If you took this course and do not see a listing for the starting semester/year of the course, consider the previous version as the applicable version.

course schedule and availability
course transferability

Below shows how this course and its credits transfer within the BC transfer system. 

A course is considered university-transferable (UT) if it transfers to at least one of the five research universities in British Columbia: University of British Columbia; University of British Columbia-Okanagan; Simon Fraser University; University of Victoria; and the University of Northern British Columbia.

For more information on transfer visit the BC Transfer Guide and BCCAT websites.


If your course prerequisites indicate that you need an assessment, please see our Assessment page for more information.